Family recipes make up a new cookbook
"I love to cook and sew," Susan proudly says. "In my baby book on the page where it asks "what does baby like to do," written in is "cook and sew age three." I grew up with good cooks and have been loving to do it since an early age when my grandmother would let me help her in the kitchen. She showed me how to make clam fritters. My mother didn’t like them."
Susan says later on when her dad, Elwood K. Brooks Jr., was working in his shop or at the store, she would fix their lunch when she was at home. "Sometimes we would have eggs or something we wanted cornbread with, and I didn’t know how to fry the eggs or make the cornbread. He taught me fried to sunny-side-up with the eggs, and also how to make the cornbread or cornbread cakes."
By age 12 when Susan’s mother, Catherine Brooks, was operating the Craftsman Shop, a business Susan continues today, when arriving home from school she would contact her mother and discuss what she would be fixing for dinner. "Then I would have dinner ready when they arrived home."